Biochemistry - IITM

By Prof. Subramaniam K   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 317
ABOUT THE COURSE : The immense diversity of life is, surprisingly, formed using fewer than ten elements! Biochemistry is the study of how the complex molecules of life are assembled using these few elements and disassembled back; how these two processes are interconnected in a complex network and regulated; and how sun’s energy drives all these molecular dances that we call life. The proposed biochemistry course aims to provide a thorough grounding on the fundamental concepts of biochemistry, and enables the student learn more advanced topics of biology such as structural biology, biotechnology, genomics and proteomics.

Life sciences undergraduate students
PREREQUISITES : Introductory-level organic chemistry and biology
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to biomolecules; stereochemistry
Week 2:Water; Acids and bases; pH; Buffer; Proteins
Week 3: Enzymes
Week 4:Enzyme inhibitors; Carbohydrates
Week 5:Lipids; Introduction to metabolism; Bioenergetics
Week 6:Biological oxidation-reduction reactions; Glycolysis
Week 7: Citric acid cycle; oxidative phosphorylation; ATP synthesis
Week 8:Photosynthesis
Week 9:Nitrogen fixation and amino acid biosynthesis; Catabolism of amino acids
Week 10:Catabolism of lipids
Week 11: Lipid biosynthesis
Week 12:Hormonal regulation and integration of metabolism

Books and references

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 4th edition or any of the later editions

Instructor bio

Prof. Subramaniam K

IIT Madras
Prof K. Subramaniam received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in 1994. His postdoctoral training was at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prof Subramaniam joined the faculty of IITKanpur in the Department Biological Sciences & Bioengineering in 2002. He was an International Senior Research Fellow of the Wellcome Trust during 2003-09, and is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He joined the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras in 2014. His laboratory investigates the self-renewal and differentiation decisions in adult stem cell systems using the C. elegans germline stem cells as a paradigm.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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